There are more than 10,000 species of ants in the world. Pic: John LieffThere are more than 10,000 species of ants in the world, and there are three types of work in an ant colony, the queen, the soldiers and the explorers.
Most ant species use scouts for food sources and when they stumble on food, they recruit other members of the colony to join the invasion.
The ants that we get inside our home most often are what we call "sugar ants". They are attracted to sweet things, and they will happily appear in any open container in the kitchen, or they will simply choose a place and set up the house.
For sugar ants, you can mix a solution of water bait with sugar and borax and it is safe for children and pets.
Watch this video for more tips on how to get rid of ants:
Completely natural ways to cover ant trails:
1 part of borax to 3 parts of sugar, Add enough water to make a syrup as a consistency. Place the ant bait on a flat or shallow surface, such as a piece of cardboard, a used canning lid or a lid of the sour cream container.
Prepare a vinegar-based solution using 1/4 cup of vinegar, 2 cups of water and 10 to 15 drops of peppermint, clove, eucalyptus or melaleuca essential oil. The vapors of the vinegar and the essential oils will confuse your senses.
The essential oil of mint is a fantastic oil to hide traces of ants and also smells very good. To use this, simply place a few drops on a cotton ball and clean the areas where you think ants might enter, or where you already have ants. Or leave the ant balls in strategic places to keep them out. Extra data: this oil also keeps spiders away. They hate mint!
Tea Tree essential oil works in the same way as peppermint oil: just put it in a cotton ball and clean the entrances of the ants / infested areas.
For ants in pet food bowls:
If your pet's food bowls still attract ants, you can take a shallow dish or pan that is a little wider than your pet's bowl of food, fill it with soapy water, and center the bowl of food on the plate. This creates a pit around the food bowl that the ants will not be able to cross.
Other suggestions include:
Talcum powder applied where the ants are entering the home.
Water with mountain peppers, accessible for ants to drink.